JOE MORRIS - EXOTIC LANGUAGE 2LP (SHADES OF SOUND)
It’s ten years since Joe Morris enjoyed his first release of original music. In the ensuing decade Joe has sharpened his skills indelibly, gaining a reputation with an ear for music with depth, emotion and feeling. Fitting then his tenth year in the studio sees him release his debut album. Designed as a 360 degree view of Joe’s kaleidoscopic musical palette, ‘Exotic Language’ is a nine song opus taking in dreamy deep house, new age, ambient and afro-beat.
Opener ‘Firefly Island’ is a horizontal mood setter, washing over you with its gorgeous soundscapes. ‘Perfume’ sees a delightful collaboration with Private Agenda who lend their unique, dreamy vocals. ‘A Dance With Jupiter’ takes inspiration from Chicago house music while ‘Echo Station’ is an experiment in Dub. Things get spacey and ethereal on ‘Celestial Plantation’, ‘Dream Clouds’ is an ode to Italian deep house of the early Nineties. ‘Acid Safari’ is a wigged out slow burner and ‘Spirit Walker’ is inspired by Larry Heard and afro house. Final track ‘Milo’s Theme’ is a bitter sweet closer to the album, with a guest appearance by Joe’s nine month old son. The digital release includes a bonus remix by Joe’s Clandestino comrade’s who turn out a slamming, drum heavy re- work of ‘Spirit Walker’.